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Managing Diseases in Alfalfa after a Wet Year

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It is both a blessing and a curse that alfalfa in California's Central Valley essentially grows all winter long.  Although we can get very high early yields, if conditions are too wet, the...

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 9:09 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture

Producing Alfalfa in a Wet Year

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There is little doubt that the heavy late rains we've seen in spring, 2019 in the northern part of California will reduce yields and quality for many alfalfa growers. How much depends upon soil type...

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 8:41 AM

Have You seen this Injury Symptom in alfalfa? We need your help in understanding this crop injury

Glyphosate Injury Alfalfa1-Stunting

Have you seen this crop injury in your Roundup-Ready Field or conventionl field? If so, we want to hear from you. We are asking alfalfa growers everywhere to look for the following symptoms (below)...

Glyphosate Injury Alfalfa1-Stunting
Glyphosate Injury Alfalfa1-Stunting

Posted on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 6:21 PM

'Goating Off' - Grazing with Goats During Winter Months an Effective Management Tool

Goats grazing an alfalfa field, Yolo County, 2019.

In a period when we've had high rains, it's very difficult to manage excessive winter growth in a Mediterranean climate. We're familiar with the term 'sheeping-off' for describing the use of sheep...

Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 1:04 PM

Long-Term Hay Exports have Increased Dramatically, but are Dampened by Recent Trade Disputes

Figure 1. Old and New Methods of Hay Making

Alfalfa and grass hays produced in the US ending up feeding dairy cows in Riyadh or Bengbu? Who would have thought? What was once a minor curiosity has fully emerged as a major market for western US...

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 9:23 AM
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